Important mental health updates to read during LGBT Pride Month
The month of June marks LGBT Pride Month, and in conjunction with this observance, Healio Psychiatry has compiled a list of articles covering recent developments in LGBT mental health research.
As more teens identify as sexual minority, suicide rate remains disproportionately high
From 2009 to 2017, the proportion of teens who identified as a sexual minority nearly doubled to more than 14%, according to researchers, who found that these teens are still more than three times as likely to attempt suicide compared with heterosexual youths. Read more.
Reproductive concerns among transgender adolescents may manifest as ‘disinterest’ in future parenthood
A small cohort of adolescents and young adults who identify as transgender reported limited baseline knowledge of reproduction and expressed underlying reproductive concerns that may manifest as disinterest in becoming a parent, according to findings from a pilot study published in Transgender Health. Read more.
State-level nondiscrimination policies may decrease suicidality among gender minority individuals
Nondiscrimination policies appeared associated with a decrease or no change in suicidality among gender minority individuals living in states with these policies, according to results of a cohort study published in JAMA Psychiatry. Read more.
Q&A: LGBT patients with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers face unique challenges
Currently, 1.1 million LGBT individuals in the United States are aged 65 years or older, and recent estimates have predicted that this population will grow to 7 million by 2030. As more LGBT adults age, this patient population will be faced with increased likelihood for developing Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. Read more.
MSM, transgender women who use methamphetamine may benefit from mirtazapine
Mirtazapine combined with substance use counseling may reduce methamphetamine use and certain HIV risk behaviors among cisgender men and transgender women who have sex with men, according to study findings published in JAMA Psychiatry. Read more.